Bayreuth succession

Wolfgang Wagner says he’ll step down, put Bayreuth in daughters’ hands

“Wolfgang has publicly declared himself prepared to hand over the reins to his two daughters, Eva Wagner-Pasquier, 63, and Katharina Wagner, 29. Over the years, the half-sisters — daughters respectively of Wolfgang Wagner’s first and second wives — have made no secret of their enmity. This surprise solution was announced by the octogenarian in a personal letter to the Festival board last Tuesday.” Bloomberg 04/12/08

For no good reason, my hope for the new boss was Katharina. But then she came up with what looked like a ridiculous production of my beloved Meistersinger and I changed my mind instantly. The bickering and infighting is rather sad to see — a bit like what’s going on between the Democrat candidates in the US Presidential campaign.

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